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Riga- Aglona, Latvia


Riga- Preiļi- Aglona

Aglona is a village in Aglona municipality, Latvia. It is located 40 kilometers northeast of the city of Daugavpils (second biggest city in Latvia). Aglona is famous in Latvia  and beyond for its basilica — the most important Catholic church in the country — which was once visited by Pope John Paul II , and which attracts thousands of pilgrims every year on the day of the Assumption of Mary  (15th of August).

Located on the narrow strip of land between the lakes Cirišs and Egles , the present-day village is the result of merger of three settlements: Aglona, Somerseta un Jaunciems . The scenic beauty of the surrounding area attracts many visitors every summer. The nearby Sacrifice Island (Upursala), Devil's Lake (Velnezers), and the Madelanu Castle Mound are among the most beautiful places in Latvia. The surrounding pine  forests have suffered from excessive logging in recent years, significantly damaging their once pristine quality. Traditionally, many families from Russia  spend their summers in countryside near Aglona.

In 1980 the Church celebrated its 200th anniversary and was officially given the status of a Bassilica  by Pope John Paul II . In 1986 it was the site of celebration of the 800th anniversary of Christianity in Latvia . A major renovation of the Basilica and expansion of the church grounds was begun in 1992 in preparation for the pope's visit. In September 1993 Pope John Paul II visited the Shrine and over 300,000 pilgrims assembled at this time.

~ 7:00 leaving Riga
11:00 Līvāni- town in central Latvia.
11:30 The smallest church in Latvia, near Pliči.
Preiļi town park and manor. It's  love stories ang legends....
12:00 Preiļi little kingdom- museum of dolls. Georges dresses, Russian humor, alike in Venezia... Possibility to become a doll (dress up)!

13.30 Aglona. Aglona Bassilica.
Sacred spring.
15.00 Real Latgale lunch with "šmakalka" (Latgale vodka).
Bread museum. Trying just baked bread and herbal tea.
17.00 Mount of King- garden, wood sculptures.
Departing for Riga.

Price: 22.00 EUR (per person, for a group of more than 30 people)

Price includes:
- bus, driver services
- guide services

Price does not include*:
-  entrance fees: Preiļi museum of dolls: 1.20 LVL; Aglona Bassilica: 0.90 LVL, bread museum and lunch: 7.00 LVL, Mount of King: 0.50 LVL; dressing up to become a doll: 1.50 LVL.

*prices 2013